Burgum confident state will build on success


Voters have resoundingly nominated Governor Doug Burgum and Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford as the state’s Republican nominees for the November general election.

Burgum, who has served as the Governor of North Dakota since 2016, spoke with Flag Family Media’s Scott Hennen on Tuesday, following his statewide press conference. Burgum and his Lieutenant Governor, Sanford, both feel like the state is headed in a positive direction with regards to the state’s legislative body.

“We want to continue to build on the success we’ve had in the past,” Burgum says.

Burgum says, now that he is scaling back his press conferences regarding the Coronavirus, work will begin on other aspects. But his team will continue to give 100 percent effort regarding the virus, which has, as of Tuesday night, impacted nearly 3,000 North Dakotans.

Some critics of Burgum say he has a “prickly” relationship with lawmakers, something the Republican governor, hailing from Arthur, N.D., denies.

“I don’t think there’s a lot of basis to this,” Burgum says. “When you think of all of the things we’ve accomplished together, we’re going to build on that.”

The Governor says he anticipates that to continue, saying he’s “positive” about the ability of the legislative and executive bodies to work together.

Burgum and Sanford will face Democratic challengers Shelley Lenz and Ben Vig in the November general election.

As of late Tuesday, the state reported more than 153,900 ballots had been accounted for.